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Sunday, September 1, 2013

The bad stuff...

There's plenty to be said for being a self-employed writer, even though most of us don't tend to earn a lot of money. Many of us earn some money, we are our own bosses, we can go to work in our pyjamas and we don't have to join the rat race on the daily commute.

But there are drawbacks, and in this chapter of the online free guide to creative writing, creative writing teachers Cathie Hartigan and I suggest what can drag us down and what we can do about it. Here's the link: http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk/the-creative-writing-students-handbook.html

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  1. You forgot to mention all the overtime we put in - unpaid. Like when there is something chewing on your brain and you can't quite catch what it is. Then in the middle of the night the light goes on and you just have to scribble down what you couldn't bring to mind earlier. But the quick scribble becomes a few paragraphs and the paragraphs become a chapter, Etc,Etc, and before you know it the sun is coming over the rooftops and the alarm goes off. And people say writing isn't a real job.

  2. You make some very good points, George. When I first starting writing I had a real job in the Civil Service and I used to go to work to relax.